UCSF: Don't Let Jesus Navarro Die, Approve His Kidney Transplant
  • Petitioned University of California Board of Regents

This petition was delivered to:

University of California Board of Regents
Chair, UC Board of Regents
Sherry Lansing
Executive Director of Transplantation
Reece Fawley
Chancellor, UCSF
Susan Desmond-Hellmann
UCSF Kidney Transplant Center
Sen. Dianne Feinstein
Sen. Barbara Boxer

UCSF: Don't Let Jesus Navarro Die, Approve His Kidney Transplant

    1. Petition by

      Donald Kagan

February 2012


Victory! University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) has agreed to help Jesus Navarro develop a plan for long-term care needed to receive a life-saving kidney transplant, following a national outpouring of support that included more than 130,000 signatures on Jesus' viral petition -- as well as coverage on CNN, ABC, NBC, and more.

Donald Kagan launched the campaign after Jesus, an Oakland father, was reportedly denied the transplant, despite having private health insurance and having spent six years on a waiting list. Donald had received a life-saving organ donation from a Nicaraguan immigrant, and he felt compelled to do something to save Jesus' life.

“Immigration status should never be used to determine eligibility for life-saving surgery,” Donald argued.

Yesterday, the hospital released a joint statement with Jesus that reiterates this very principle and states that their original communication may not have been clear enough: “UCSF regrets the misunderstanding and is committed to reviewing its processes to make sure that communication is consistent and clear with all patients, including Mr. Navarro. UCSF does not and will not discriminate on the basis of immigration status.”

Donald was incredibly relieved to hear that UCSF had agreed to work with Jesus to help him secure the long-term care needed to receive a kidney transplant and survive to see his daughter grow up. He stated, “As a kidney transplant recipient myself, I understand what his family have been suffering through. A sincere thank you to the hundreds of thousands of people who joined the campaign to support Jesus -- you all are unbelievable.”

More at http://bit.ly/wyEbPl.

Please join me in signing this urgent petition. Without a kidney transplant, an Oakland father named Jesus Navarro will die.

I was once in need of a transplant, but thankfully I was able to receive a kidney from a Nicaraguan friend of mine. UCSF never asked me if I was a legal resident.

Now, Jesus Navarro, a dedicated, hard-working family man who has health insurance needs this life-saving procedure. He even waited for 6 years to come to the top of the list for recepients. His wife wishes to donate her kidney to him.

UCSF hospital has told Jesus that the only reason he would not be able to get a transplant is becuase of his immigration status. As I see it, this is a matter of life and death.

Jesus has received hundreds of messages of support stating that he should be allowed to receive a transplant. Immigration status should not determine someone's fate.

Sign the petition to convince the UCSF Kidney Transplant Clinic to do the right thing and let Jesus receive this life-saving transplant. Thank you.

P.S. You can read more on Jesus' story:

Jesus Navarro has a donor match in his wife and private insurance to pay for a kidney transplant. But UC San Francisco Medical Center refuses to perform the operation because administrators cannot be sure he will be able to afford follow-up care given his status as an illegal immigrant.

This man does not deserve to die.

Recent signatures


    1. NBC Latino covers petition effort

      Jackie  Mahendra
      Petition Organizer

      Offers of help for Jesus Navarro, who was refused a transplant because he is undocumented, continue to move forward. Read about the petition one man has started to save Navarro’s life.

    2. Huffington Post: "Denied Kidney Transplant Despite Willing Donor"

      Jackie  Mahendra
      Petition Organizer

      It was the Oakland resident's undocumented status that caused officials at UCSF Medical Center to refuse to perform the necessary medical procedure needed to save Navarro's life from the kidney failure he began experiencing nearly a decade ago.

    3. ABC 7: "Support grows for immigrant in need of transplant"

      Jackie  Mahendra
      Petition Organizer

      Watch local ABC coverage of Jesus Navarro's dilemma and Donald's campaign to get UCSF to perform the transplant.

    4. CBS 5 San Francisco covers Donald's petition effort for Jesus

      Jackie  Mahendra
      Petition Organizer

      The case is getting a lot of attention, thanks to the efforts of Donald Kagan, who launched a petition campaign on change.org. “If you have kidney failure, you are going to die. I’m one of the lucky people to have gotten a transplant. It’s my job now to give back to those that aren’t quite as lucky,” said Kagan.

    5. Reached 100,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

      • over 2 years ago

      i am so happy for you , you will finally get your life saving procedure !! our prayers are with you !

    • Raelin Hansen ASHEVILLE, NC
      • over 2 years ago

      It is unconscionable to allow a man to die - especially if he has the money - because of his nation of residence! Let Jesus Navarro have his transplant!

      • over 2 years ago

      Because he deserves a chance like all of us! And he is part of our human family thats why!

    • Adolfo Garcia Cardo EL CERRITO, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      It's abysmally immoral to dismiss medical attention based on immigration status... Jesus has the coverage, and funds to get treatment. This double standard in capitalism must end!

    • Daniel Conkel FAIRBANKS, AK
      • over 2 years ago

      I'm not clear on why he doesn't use another hospital, but -WOW! That's horrible. "We don't work on undocumented Mexicans." is that this hospital's position? Sad.


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